Chess is an integral part of the Lower School curriculum, starting in Pre-primary and continuing through Grade Two. Professional chess masters teach the fundamentals of the game, including various defensive and offensive strategies. All students may continue chess at the extracurricular level through Middle School. Browning has an active Chess Club, and many students participate in the Nationals every year. The School has traditionally performed well at this event, often placing among the top five or 10 schools in the nation.

After school chess lessons are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays by registering through Veracross.

Please see below for chess tournaments and championship events for the 2016-2017 school year:

Tournament Events:

LOCATION: PS 6 (upper east side-81st and lex)

  • Sunday, December 4
  • Sunday, December 12
  • Sunday, January 22
  • Sunday, April 30
  • Sunday, June 4th PS6 Chess Tournament - For more information/ to register click here

LOCATION: Avenues: The World School - 3rd Floor Cafeteria- To Register:

  • Sunday, January 29
  • Sunday, April 23

LOCATION: PS 116 (midtown at 33rd between 2nd and 3rd Ave)Run by NYCChessKids

  • Sunday, January 15
  • Sunday, February 26
  • Sunday, March 19

LOCATION: Hunter (94th at Park) Run by the National Scholastic Chess Association

  • Sunday, December 11
  • Sunday, February 12
  • Sunday, April 4
  • Sunday, May 7

Browning Rookie Event

  • Saturday, February 18 


  • NYC Scholastic Chess Championship will be February 4-5th at the NY Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge.
  • NYS Scholastic Championship will be March 11-12th in Saratoga Springs, NY. Currently there are only single bed rooms available at the host hotel- there are alternative hotels nearby. We charter a bus which will depart from school on Friday March 10th, and return to school the evening of the 12th. Rooms book up quickly so please plan accordingly!
  • The Nationals (Super Nationals) will be May 12-14 in Nashville Tn. For more details please visit: This year it's a K-12 event! Rooms and flights should be booked as soon as possible. To book a room please do so HERE

Contact Us

For inquiries please contact:

Browning Chess Director, Mr. Kennedy: jkennedy@browning.edu516-808-7745
Browning Chess Coordinator, Julianne Rowland: